NMB @ GSL
Blazers @ Lightning
WP Shreve (1-0)
LP Furbush (0-1)
BS KRod (2)
Game 3: Warren @ Gonzalez
A Tulo GIDP in the first stake the Blazers to a 1-0 lead.
Bottom 2, hitting star JJ Hardy singles to tie it up.
Top 4, a Tulo solo shot, Choo RBI double and Carpenter RBI single make it 4-1 Blazers.
Top 6, a James McCann HR makes it 5-1 Blazers.
Lightning cut the lead to 5-2 in the 8th on an Encarnacion GIDP.
Bottom 9, with KRod having thrown 23 pitches in game 1, O’Day comes on and gives up a 1 out double to Bruce. Thornton comes on and Flores singles bringing the tying run to the plate. Marwin Gonzalez crushes one to left that is caught by Peralta. Blazers escape 5-2.
WP Warren (1-0)
LP Gonzalez (1-1)
S Thornton (1)
Game 4: Iwakuma @ Millone
Bottom 2, Marwin Gonzalez singles for a 1-0 Lightning lead.
Blazers score 3 in the third on a Mookie Betts 3 run bomb.
A Matt Carpenter single in the 4th pushes the Blazer lead to 4-1.
Top 5, Robinson rips an RBI double, Choo crushes a 3 run HR, and Betts launches his SECOND THREE RUN HR OF THE GAME to break it open. 11-1 Blazers.
Top 7, Betts hits his third HR of the game, this one of the solo variety. Blazers win going away 12-1 to secure the split.
WP Iwakuma (1-0)
LP Millone (0-1)
Blazers are now at 4-4 and are 2 games behind the upstart Buffaloes who are 8-4. At the post game press conference, GM Anthony Peburn was asked if he was concerned about the recent bullpen meltdowns and if there was a closer controversy in New Milford.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, it is 8 whole games into the season,” stated Peburn. “We should be 6-2 but are 4-4. We got a little unlucky. It happens. We are 4-2 leading after 7, but have been leading after 7 in six of the eight games we’ve played. We are 0-3 in 1 run games and 0-2 in extras. On the bright side, we’ve outscored opponents by 14 runs, are averaging over 4 runs a game and have a team ERA of only 2.18. We will be OK. K-Rod is still our guy. We will play some home games soon and turn this around.”
The Blazers are scheduled for a Sunday night tilt at home with the Kansas City Boulevards.